Is 100 Mbps Fast Enough for Modern Streaming?

Is 100 Mbps Fast Enough for Modern Streaming?


100 megabits per second, yes it’s fast, but is it fast enough? I mean modern modems
are capable of handling speeds of several gigabits per second and many of our
connections are going up to and even beyond a gigabit per second. So, does 100 megabits cut it anymore? Well, here on this channel
we’re gonna be digging in to the world of ISP’s or
Internet Service Providers in the coming weeks, and so getting the
basics of internet speeds is a pretty good place to start. So, I hope you enjoy this video. Make sure you’re
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much all the time nowadays. But, to answer the original question, is 100 megabits per second fast? Well, yeah, yeah it is. I mean, look, I know there’s a lot of 90’s nostalgia in the air at the moment, but I think we can all
be glad we’re not still dealing with the dial-up modems of yore, flexing their 56K muscles. (dial-up internet tone) (dial-up internet tone) (dial-up internet tone) Nowadays the average
webpage is approaching 2 megabytes worth of data,
which would take that 56K modem about 10 minutes to download. As a comparison, if you’re
on a 100 megabit connection, and we round down a little bit, it will take approximately
zero seconds to load that page. Quite a change. But is that 100 megabits
per second really necessary? I mean, let’s take that same page, let’s say you’re getting
10 megabits per second. That’s still considered
high-speed internet and with that speed it would still take only about a second
to load that page. So, what’s the big deal? Why pay for ultra-fast
internet when pretty-fast turns out to be pretty good? Well, because now we’re not just dealing with webpages anymore. There are a few things eating up internet traffic these days, like gaming, eCommerce, social media, but the real watch-word
these days is streaming. Netflix, Hulu, SlingTV, YouTube, sorry, adult oriented videos, these files are absolutely massive and they account for a staggering amount of the internet traffic out there. They all deal with lots of
data, but consider this, Netflix and YouTube, just those two, they account for more than a quarter of all web traffic world-wide. Whew, and you know what? Even with those massive HD video files, that 10 megabit per second
connection could handle it. Netflix recommends 5 megabits per second to watch HD shows and movies. So should you call up your ISP and tell them to downgrade you? Not so fast, because that Netflix stream isn’t the only thing running
off that wifi router. You’ve got phones, you’ve got
laptops, security systems, video doorbells, smart light bulbs, Lord only knows what else we
all have connected to our wifi. And then you multiply
that by how many people are in the home, each
with their own devices, yeah, it all adds up. But, how much does it add up? Well, let’s say you’ve
got two simultaneous HD Netflix streams going,
somebody’s playing an online game, somebody’s scrolling through Instagram, maybe you’ve a few security
cameras around the house, maybe a smart fridge, whatever. I mean, it adds up but
not that much, right? So, why bother with 100
megabits per second, or a gigabit connection for that matter? Well, for one thing, by
definition your average usage won’t be your max usage,
so you throw a 4K stream into the mix and things
change immediately. Plus, there’s the delightful
problem of congestion, especially on cable connections. During high traffic times
when everyone around you is also streaming and browsing and playing and whatever else, things
can slow down considerably. That’s why ads for
internet plans always say, “Up to,” whatever speed
they’re advertising. There’s just no way you’ll
always get those speeds. So, if your averaging 10 or 20
megabits per second of usage, is it crazy to go for
a plan that offers 100? Well, absolutely not. You can make it work with say 25 or 50, you simply run a higher risk of sometimes seeing a buffer wheel
or a low res picture, but at 100 megabits per second or more, you’re way less likely
to ever have to worry about those problems. So, is it fast? Yes, even by today’s standards
100 megabits per second is fast, very fast even. Is it a necessity? Probably not. But, is it nice to have? It really, really is. All right, you know the drill. Like this video is you liked it and don’t forget to subscribe and if you want even more detailed info on internet speeds and how
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Danny Hutson

13 thoughts on “Is 100 Mbps Fast Enough for Modern Streaming?

  1. What speed are you getting? Are you getting by on fewer than 100 Mbps? Or are you a "gimme moarrr" kind of person?

  2. It’s comical that this is a question being asked, when there are people in this country that can’t get 2-5 down & 1-2 uploads! But being those people aren’t the masses nobody is concerned. I just recently am able to get 20 down & 5 up! Oh these are MBs not GBs

  3. I telework two days a weeks plus I stream all of my TV along with having several smart home devices. Also, the TV that I stream is roughly 50 -60% sports so yes I need 100 down. Years ago I had a cheaper 50 down plan but I was having to many buffering issues when I worked from home.

    Lastly, listening to that AOL connection gave me flashbacks to college. I was in undergrad in the 90’s and when registering for classes we had to do it online and you would first pray you could get connected in time to get the professor you wanted then you would pray you wouldn’t get kicked off before you finished registering. 😂😂😂

  4. I’m moving into a new apartment and my options are spectrum or frontier and I’m leaning toward spectrum. I just got a 4K tv and plan on streaming with it to its full potential. It’s just myself and one other person, with the occasional guests. There’s phones, iPads, laptops, game consoles, the usual. What would be recommended as far as speed goes so the connection doesn’t get bogged down?

  5. I am still using 10M/s unlimited plan enough for firestick Netflix and prime and other stuff cutted cord already m happy 🙂

  6. NO. Canada has 300 n now 600mbps still tv pictures freezes n buffer. WHY? so does my World Mx 4 K tv HD box @ 46mbps in Australia. few blame for NBN others blame tv box .who is right .jps from Brisbane Australia

  7. Yes it is fast enough. I have a 100 Mbps fiber connection (up & down) and we stream everything with zero issues (4 TV’s, with at least two live TV streams going, Netflix, PS4, phones, tablets, laptops, plus a VPN connection here and there for work). Never once had a slowness issue at all, so yes 100 Mbps is plenty.

  8. I had 18 mbps speed for years…finally last year 100mbps speed became available in my area…its a big difference…no more buffering!!!! I can buy and download ps4 games super fast now!

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